Escher at Milan’s Royal Palace

Over 200 works by the Dutch master.

The Palazzo Reale in central Milan will host a major exhibition of works by Maurits Cornelis Escher (1989-1972), opening on Friday 29 July and remaining open until January.

The collection on display starts with Escher’s roots in art nouveau and continues through his stays in Italy and Spain, when he became fascinated by geometrical shapes and the mathematical portrayal of tessellation.

Escher is arguably best known to the wider public for his “impossible” etchings and drawings, distorting perspective and parallax to create scenes in which the eye is deceived, such as the Necker cube and the Penrose triangle.

His vast corpus of works is considered an essential influence on today’s digital technology, a forerunner of optical effects even now being used in computer graphics.

The exhibit is open on Mondays from 14.30-19.30, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 09.30-22.30, and all other days from 09.30 to 19.30. The entrance fee includes an audio guide.